Garden View: Annual Fall Plant Sale on Oct. 12

We’ve been talking a lot about updating the landscape and planting trees as we move into fall. Well, now is the time to put that plan into action.

Join the Deep South Texas Master Gardeners for their annual Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, Oct. 12. This is the best time to plant in our area, they will have many options to choose from. Since we typically have mild winter weather, you can plant in the fall without really having to worry about freezing temperatures — most of the time. This allows plants to develop their root system over fall and into winter when they aren’t growing above ground as much. Then by spring, you have an established plant which is much better prepared to survive the intense heat of the summer.

If you’ve been having a hard time deciding what to plant this is the event for you, Master Gardeners will be on hand to help you select the right plants for your needs. There will be a great selection of plants for sale, for both inside and outside of your home. Potted plants are a great addition to your interior décor and have the added benefit of improving indoor air quality.

Not only can you find some plants for your home and landscape, but there will be educational workshops and don’t forget to tour the 1-acre educational garden. Touring the garden will give you the opportunity to see many of these plants in the landscape to help you decide if they are the right fit for your yard. You will find examples of native and adapted landscapes, butterfly gardens, different methods of composting, a fruit tree garden and a variety of raised beds for vegetable gardening.

We invite you to come tour our beautiful garden or join one of the workshops. Topics will include container gardening, composting, herbs and yard tools for weeding and pruning.

There will also be 55-gallon rain barrels for sale, so you can start harvesting rain water, which is free of salts and great for your plants. Make sure to check out the silent auction area which will have garden related items and yard art. Also, the Master Naturalist will be joining us to provide a seed exchange and sell bat houses.

This is event will get your yard ready for the fall and you’ll have fun and learn all while supporting your community.

The Master Gardeners are a nonprofit organization and by supporting them you are contributing to the continued education of the community of Hidalgo County. The Master Gardeners contribute thousands of hours of volunteer service each year educating youth, civic groups and community organizations on all things garden related. All proceeds from this event are used to support their educational programs.

The Fall Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Educational Garden which is located behind the Precinct 2, San Juan Community Resource Center on 509 E. Earling Road.

Ashley Gregory is the Horticulturalist for Hidalgo County with Texas A& M AgriLife Extension Service. She can be reached at the Hidalgo County Extension Office at (956) 383-1026 or by email at ahgregory@ag.tamu.edu.